WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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It's difficult to imagine grades and tests will disappear. But through technology and greater face time, teachers will be able to track a student's progress with greater precision. They will also be able to better tailor instruc- tion to individual learning styles. Indeed, all teachers may be required to undergo special education training. Beyond strengthening minds and bodies, schools will broaden their mission to include emotional development — equipping stu- dents with skills to cope with stress, resolve conflicts, and rebound from setbacks. In Weston, students already learn breathing exercises to help them calm down before a public presentation or a difficult conversa- tion with a teacher or a classmate. Responding to the increasingly global economy, more students will graduate fluent 88 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 Wellesley College has set itself an ambitious agenda for revamping virtually its entire campus by 2025. In some cases reno- vations and additions will be so extensive as to completely change the exterior of buildings. In others, the changes will be most apparent inside. Enrollment, however, will remain the same — as will its all-women status. Besides addressing long delayed structural problems, the overhaul aims to make the campus more energy efficient and to break down barriers between interior and exterior spaces. Rooftops will sport solar panels; rainwater will be recycled and geothermal systems will heat and cool buildings, where possible. On warm days, some rooms will open their walls to allow classes to spill outdoors. The college's famed greenhouses will be integrated with a new Center for the Environment, perhaps in such a way that some classrooms and offices overlook the exotic plants and trees. Learning spaces will be flexible, so that they can be rearranged to suit the class size and subject. As in the public schools, there will be greater emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and project-based learning. "We need places where people can sit together at a really big table with butcher block paper and Post-it notes, and brainstorm different ideas to solve a collective problem," said Beth DeSombre, an environmental studies professor who has been watching plans for Wellesley 2025 unfold. The Regis College of 2025 could have 2,500 to 3,000 students. The once all-women liberal arts college whose future a decade ago looked in doubt is already a major player in educating health professionals. In a decade, it might even have a medical school in the works. As Regis fulfills phase one of its current master plan, its look into the near future is taking shape. The parking lot at the origi- nal core of the campus is being transformed into a tree-shaded quad. Among the buildings facing it will be a four-story addition The Future of Higher Education A Trip to 2025

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